When the Moon is Full by Mary Azarian
A Lunar Year

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With hand-colored woodcuts and lyrical poems, When the Moon is Full portrays the twelve full moons of the year. Traditional Native American names, from the Wolf Moon to the Long Night Moon, follow the monthly path of the moon in all its wonder. A question-and-answer section provides moongazers old and new with information about the moon's surface, lunar eclipses, and the true meaning of a blue moon.

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Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision. Mary Azarian received the 1999 Caldecott Medal for SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She lives, skis, and gardens in Vermont.
Published April 12, 2011 by BookPartners, LLC. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Each verse is followed by a short sentence expanding on the poem’s description, and that sometimes is absurdly self-evident: for May, the Flower Moon, “Many flowers bloom in May.” The verses tend to thud and clunk along, and the author, a Wyandotte Indian descendant, refers consistently to Native...

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Traditional Native American names for the moon serve as the poems' titles (January is the "The Wolf Moon") and a simple explanation follows: "Native Americans believed that wolves became restless in January."

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